Taos Community Report, 2008

Demographics

In 2008, there were 9,187 licensed drivers in Taos. Of these, there were 4,745 females and 4,442 males. The population of Taos was 5,551. The total number of crashes in 2008 was 330, yielding a crash rate of 59 per thousand people (total number of crashes 330 divided by total population 5,551 times 1,000). The corresponding rate for the state was 23 per thousand people.

General Crash Information

From 1999 to 2008 the number of crashes has shown no trend. Fatal and injury crashes have also shown no trend from 1999 to 2008. Belt usage (as a percentage) has increased from last year, while belt usage in crashes involving visible and incapacitating injuries has not changed. There were no fatalities in the 7 intersections with the most crashes in 2008. Of these intersections, six involved Paseo Del Pueblo Sur.

Alcohol-related Crash Information

Information about alcohol-involved crashes is included in all sections of this report. Of the 27 people convicted of DWI in Taos, 74 percent were first-time DWI convictions (number of first convictions 20 divided by the total number of people convicted 27 times 100). The corresponding percent for the state is 68.

Crash Specifics

Crashes involving Other vehicles was the most common class, accounting for 83 percent of all crashes. Crashes involving Overturns and Pedestrians resulted in fatalities. Passenger cars were the vehicle type most often involved in crashes, accounting for 47 percent of all vehicles in crashes. Van/4 WDs accounted for 22 percent of vehicles involved in crashes. Together these two vehicle types comprised 72 percent of the vehicles involved in injury crashes. The most common top contributing factors were Following too close, Driver inattention and Failing to yield. There were three fatal crashes in 2008. The top contributing factor for the fatal crashes was Alcohol involvement.

People in Crashes

Overall, males were 56 percent of drivers in crashes. They account for 48 percent of licensed drivers in Taos. Four pedestrians were involved in crashes in 2008. In 2008, one 'Teenager' and no Young Adults were killed in crashes in Taos. Statewide 14 percent of alcohol-involved drivers were under 21; in Taos 22 percent (4 of 18) were under 21.

Note: The 1999 crash file contains 15% fewer crashes than the 1998 file. This may be due to problems implementing the new system after the old system failed, or to under reporting. Care should be used in interpreting differences between 1999 and other years in this report.


  • Location of arrest/conviction was determined by police agency/court location, not driver residence.
  • Crashes and drivers were counted by the city of occurrence/residence.
  • Population was counted according to the Census definition.
         The city population data is from the most current 2008 estimates.
  • Young adults are people between the ages of 20 and 24.
  • 'Teenagers' are people between the ages of 15 and 19.
  • Tables only include variable values for which there are data.





Crashes in Taos
by Alcohol Involvement
Fatal and Injury Crashes in Taos
by Alcohol Involvement
   




Passenger Vehicle Seatbelt Usage and Injuries in Taos, 2008 - 2006
Injury Level 2008 2007 2006
Total No Belt Total No Belt Total No Belt
 Killed 1        0        4        4        1        1       
 Incapacitating injury 14        0        10        0        12        0       
 Visible injury 13        0        17        0        15        0       
 Complaint of injury 88        0        89        1        109        5       
 Unhurt 597        0        598        1        618        3       
 Total 713        0        718        6        755        9       




The Seven Intersections in Taos with the Most Crashes, 2008
Intersection Crashes People
Total Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Albright Rd @ Paseo Del Pueblo Sur 12         0         4         0         5        
Camino De La Merced @ Paseo Del Pueblo Sur 17         0         3         0         5        
Cruz Alta Rd @ Paseo Del Pueblo Sur 11         0         4         0         7        
Kit Carson @ Paseo Del Pueblo Norte 20         0         5         0         9        
La Posta Rd @ Paseo Del Pueblo Sur 9         0         1         0         1        
Paseo Del Canon @ Paseo Del Pueblo Sur 21         0         5         0         6        
Paseo Del Pueblo Sur @ Siler Rd 8         0         1         0         2        

Lifetime DWI convictions for Drivers
Convicted of DWI Violations in Taos, 2008
Convictions Since 2004 Since 1984
 1st   20             16          
 2nd   6             8          
 3rd   1             2          
 4th   0             0          
 5th   0             0          
 6th   0             1          
 7th   0             0          
 8th   0             0          
 9th   0             0          
 10 or more   0             0          
 Total   27             27          
   Convictions are counts of people
convicted of DWI by 7/2009 for
violations in 2008 in Taos.
Convictions are not comparable
to arrests.


DWI Arrests in Taos
Showing First Arrest and Repeat Offenders
Crashes in Taos
by Hour and Alcohol Involvement
   


Crashes in Taos by Class, 2008
Classes Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Other vehicle 275       83         0       0         77       0       115      
Pedestrian 4       1         1       33         3       1       3      
Fixed object 29       9         0       0         6       0       7      
Parked vehicle 14       4         0       0         1       0       1      
Overturn 5       2         2       67         2       2       3      
Pedalcyclist 3       1         0       0         2       0       2      
Total 330       100         3       100         91       3       131      

Crashes in Taos by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle Type Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Passenger car 302       47         0       0         96       0       69      
Pickup 137       21         1       25         33       0       25      
Semi 2       0         0       0         1       0       0      
Bus 3       0         0       0         0       0       0      
Motorcycle 6       1         1       25         4       1       4      
Pedalcyclist 4       1         0       0         3       0       3      
Pedestrian 4       1         1       25         3       1       3      
Van/4 WD 145       22         1       25         38       1       23      
Other 19       3         0       0         4       0       3      
Unknown 26       4         0       0         5       0       1      
Total 648       100         4       100         187       3       131      

Crashes in Taos by Top Contributing Factor, 2008
Contributing Factor Crashes People
Total % of Total Fatal % of Fatal Injury Killed Injured
Alcohol involvement 23       7         2       67         11       2       19      
Red light running 15       5         0       0         6       0       11      
Failing to yield 60       18         0       0         16       0       22      
Excessive speed 21       6         0       0         2       0       6      
Driving left of center 6       2         0       0         4       0       4      
Following too close 93       28         0       0         31       0       45      
Improper turning 13       4         0       0         1       0       1      
Improper overtaking 2       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Mechanical defect 4       1         0       0         1       0       1      
Driver inattention 65       20         0       0         16       0       19      
Improper driving 4       1         0       0         0       0       0      
Other 24       7         1       33         2       1       2      
Total 330       100         3       100         91       3       131      

People in Crashes by Age and Sex in Taos, 2008



People in Alcohol-Involved Crashes by Age and Sex in Taos, 2008


Drivers in Crashes by Age and Sex in Taos, 2008


Drivers in Alcohol-Involved Crashes by Age and Sex in Taos, 2008



Pedestrians in Crashes in Taos
by Pedestrian Alcohol Involvement
Pedestrians in Crashes in Taos
by Age Group
   


"Teenagers" and Young Adults in Crashes in Taos by Vehicle Type, 2008
Vehicle "Teenage" Drivers   Young Adult Drivers
Total Fatal Injury   Total Fatal Injury
Passenger car 41         0         20           40         0         15        
Pickup 10         0         3           20         0         4        
Motorcycle 1         1         0           1         0         1        
Pedalcyclist 0         0         0           1         0         0        
Van/4 WD 9         0         3           13         0         1        
Other 1         0         1           4         0         1        
Total 62         1         27           79         0         22        


"Teenagers" and Young Adults Killed or Injured in Crashes
by Year in Taos, 1999-2008
Year "Teenagers"   Young Adults
All Crashes Alcohol Crashes   All Crashes Alcohol Crashes
Killed Injured Killed Injured   Killed Injured Killed Injured
2008 1       21       1       5         0       15       0       1      
2007 0       18       0       2         1       11       1       1      
2006 0       25       0       3         2       19       2       8      
2005 0       31       0       6         0       12       0       2      
2004 0       32       0       4         0       22       0       3      
2003 0       9       0       0         0       15       0       1      
2002 0       20       0       1         0       15       0       1      
2001 1       31       1       2         0       13       0       6      
2000 1       37       1       6         0       9       0       1      
1999 0       15       0       1         0       14       0       1